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or lan·gridge

  1. a kind of shot consisting of bolts, nails, etc., fastened together or enclosed in a case, formerly used for damaging sails and rigging in sea battles.
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Origin of langrage

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for langrage

Historical Examples

  • Bullets, round-shot, and langrage were flying thickly around.

    John Deane of Nottingham

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The guns that were below had on each of them a hundred musket-balls and fifty langrage nails.

  • Meantime, Nelson received a severe wound on the head from a piece of langrage shot.

  • Our guns, loaded with langrage, sent forth a deadly shower among the pirate crew.

    Old Jack

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The two other boats boarded on the starboard side, amid a hot fire of langrage of all sorts poured down upon them.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for langrage


langrel (ˈlæŋɡrəl) or langridge

  1. shot consisting of scrap iron packed into a case, formerly used in naval warfare
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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